One-Minute Book Reviews

October 30, 2007

Novelists Talk About Their Books on Free DVDs for Reading Groups

Ouch! Since I wrote this, the hard drive on my Mac laptop has apparently crashed. I hope to get it fixed in the next day or two. In the meantime, I’ll try to post on computers at a library, where I am now, but may be slow to respond to comments. Thanks for your patience. Jan

Tonight I was going to write a post about Kilt Dead (Kensington, $22), the first mystery in Kaitlyn Dunnett‘s new Scottish-themed series set in Maine But you’ll have to wait a day or two for that one, because I decided instead to go into Manhattan for a launch party for National Reading Group Month, sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association and

At the celebration I learned about something reading groups may want to check out: Random House is giving away to book clubs on a while-supplies-last basis three DVDs, each of which has a different female author talking about her books: Lorna Landvik (Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons), Adriana Trigiani (Home to Big Stone Gap) and Fannie Flagg (Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven). I haven’t read any of these books, but if you have and love them, you can request a DVD for your club at

Would that Random House would do a DVD for Katha Pollitt! Her new essay collection Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories is ideal for book group members who liked the bestseller from the company’s Knopf imprint, Nora Ephron‘s I Feel About My Neck. A review of and reading group guide to Pollitt’s book appeared on this site on Oct. 16

(c) 2007 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.


  1. Hi Janice, Thank you for sharing all this great info! I went to the and requested the Lorna Landvik cd. So cool! Thanks!

    Comment by lisamm — October 30, 2007 @ 3:21 pm | Reply

  2. My pleasure, Lisa. These DVDs sounded as though they might be a good bet for meetings at which some people didn’t have time to finish the book (or just don’t have as much to say as usual). You can pop in a DVD and listen to the author instead … Jan

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — October 30, 2007 @ 6:46 pm | Reply

  3. I was thinking it might give insight into the writing process and story development. We’ve had a couple of book club meetings with authors joining us via speaker phone that have been really enlightening. I bet this could be similar.

    Comment by lisamm — October 30, 2007 @ 9:06 pm | Reply

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